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Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 164 in Arabic Text

وَإِذْ قَالَتْ أُمَّةٌۭ مِّنْهُمْ لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا ۙ ٱللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَابًۭا شَدِيدًۭا ۖ قَالُوا۟ مَعْذِرَةً إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ
Wa iz qaalat ummatum minhum lima ta’izoona qaw manil laahu muhlikuhum aw mu’azzibuhum ‘azaaban shadeedan qaaloo ma’ziratan ilaa Rabbikum wa la’allahum yattaqoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 164

Sahih International
And when a community among them said, “Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom Allah is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?” they [the advisors] said, “To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”

Yusuf Ali
When some of them said: “Why do ye preach to a people whom Allah will destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?”- said the preachers:” To discharge our duty to your Lord, and perchance they may fear Him.”

Abul Ala Maududi
And recall when a party of them said: ‘Why do you admonish a people whom Allah is about to destroy or punish severely?’ They said: ‘We admonish them in order to be able to offer an excuse before Your Lord, and in the hope that they will guard against disobedience.’

Muhsin Khan
And when a community among them said: “Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?” (The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah.”

Pickthall
And when a community among them said: Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy or punish with an awful doom, they said: In order to be free from guilt before your Lord, and that haply they may ward off (evil).

Dr. Ghali
And as a (certain) nation of them said, “Why do you admonish a people whom Allah (is) causing to perish or tormenting with a strict torment?” They said, ” (As) a (possible) excuse to your Lord, and that possibly they would be pious.”.

Abdel Haleem
how, when some of them asked [their preachers], ‘Why do you bother preaching to people God will destroy, or at least punish severely?’ [the preachers] answered, ‘In order to be free from your Lord’s blame, and so that they may perhaps take heed.’

Quran 7 Verse 164 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 164, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(7:164) And recall when a party of them said: ‘Why do you admonish a people whom Allah is about to destroy or punish severely?’ They said: ‘We admonish them in order to be able to offer an excuse before Your Lord, and in the hope that they will guard against disobedience.’


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Al-A’raf verse 164 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah A’raf ayat 163 which provides the complete commentary from verse 163 through 166.

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